“The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) has named Veronika Tomova as the first Macedonia Director.

UMD Macedonia, the global advocacy organization’s second post following Washington, D.C., will be based in Skopje, Macedonia, and will focus on six countries – Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Serbia. It was made possible through the generosity of our donors.

‘UMD’s decision to expand to Macedonia is very important not only organizationally, but also symbolically,’ said UMD Chairman Stojan Nikolov. ‘It proves that UMD is investing in the future of our homeland, as well as seeking to improve cooperation and ties with governments, civil society, and local communities in a region rich in Macedonian heritage, while safeguarding Macedonian values and ideals for future generations.’

‘With the establishment of a base in Skopje, UMD makes a clear statement that the Diaspora is a partner that stands behind the future of Macedonia. There are real opportunities for engaging various stakeholders and fostering a greater understanding of the role the Diaspora plays in the democratic development of Macedonia and Southeast Europe,’ said Tomova, a native of Macedonia, who joins UMD during a critical time for the Macedonian people.” (UMD)